sermonette: A True Disciple
What Identifies A True Disciple?
Given 24-May-15; Sermon #1269Bs; 20 minutes
Clyde Finklea, asking us what identifies a person as a true disciple of Christ, points to the command in John 13:34, commanding that the disciples love one another as Christ loved us—loving to the extent that He would give up His life. God is composed of love, as described in its many facets in Galatians 5:22 and I Corinthians 13. Two positive facets identified in I Corinthians are longsuffering (the opposite of retaliation and vengeance), as exemplified by David in his response to Saul, and kindness or compassion, as expressed by David to Jonathan's heir. As Christians, we must exercise longsuffering and kindness to all, including to those that have done ill to us. The only way we can be considered disciples of Christ is if we love one another with His standard.
Acts 2:1-12 David Ephesians 4:32 Forbearance Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22 Gentleness Humility John 13:32 Kindness King Saul Long-suffering Love neighbor as self Luke 3:21-22 Matthew 3:5 Mephibosheth Patience Proverbs 24:26 Putting up with ill treatment Retaliating Righteous man falls seven times